The Guardian Word of Mouth column recently asked people what branded ingredient they secretly added in cookery , most of the readers comments admitted to a sneaky dash of tomato ketchup , anchovy essence, Worcestershire Sauce/Hendersons Relish to boost sauces.
I always use a dash of marmite in mushroom soup, it boosts the natural unami power of the mushrooms. This is a recipe I have been making since I was a student using boxes of Value Mushrooms and cheap bread, this is as simple as soup gets .
750g of mushrooms roughly sliced
1/2 pint of full fat milk
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 white onion
1 tsp of butter / oil
Few springs of thyme
1/2 tsp of marmite
2 slices of white bread torn into small pieces
- Fry the onions and garlic until soften but do not allow to brown
- Add the mushrooms, thyme , marmite and pour over the milk
- Simmer for 15 minutes, add the bread for the last minute or so to soften
- Puree and serve